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Re: Abhorred Slave
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1548  Tuesday, 19 June 2001

From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 19:03:12 -0000
Subject:        Ferdinand the Grate

It being the prerogative - if not the solemn duty - of all fathers to
prosecute a policy of making life hell for their daughters' wooers
(including the ones of whom they approve), David Lindley (15/6) is to be
commended for his phraseology in stating that Miranda "effectively"
marries the man her "father disapproves of". Prospero's asides in 1.2
suggest that he approves the union wholeheartedly but plays the
curmudgeon on the one hand to test Ferdinand's resolution, on the other
hand because it suits the purposes and timing of his overall strategies,
and, perhaps, on the third hand because he has a thing about wood for
the fire.

As she is apparently ignorant of such schemes, the feistier aspect of
Miranda's character is further explored - a nice piece of business to
underpin this is to have her  carting twice as many logs  in half the
time as her suitor can. Other daughters in the canon  (and in other
places) come to mind......as do such fathers.

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